College: Hunter College
I grew up in Astoria, Queens, and like many others in my neighborhood I am the daughter of immigrants. Both my mother and father were college students in Ecuador before they moved to this country. My father was one of 11 children and during his last year of medical school his mother was unable to pay his tuition. He decided that even if he was unable to finish school, his siblings and children would. He and my mother sacrificed everything to come to America to build a better future for our family. The strength and courage my parents embody inspires me to overcome any obstacle life throws my way, and it is because of them that I am the strong, independent person I am. Thanks to their bravery and selflessness, I have the opportunity to get a college education and become a successful professional, and I intend to take full advantage of this gift that they have given me.
Currently, I am a student at Hunter College pursuing a dual Bachelors-Masters degree in Statistics and Applied Mathematics, as well as a Bachelors degree in Dance. I also hope to pursue a second Masters degree in Actuarial Science. With these degrees, I hope to build a successful career as an actuary. I believe that I will become a successful actuary not only because of my passion for mathematics but also because of my additional studies in Computer Science, Economics, and Urban Studies, which has helped me develop important and relevant technical skills and understanding.
Another one of my passions is running. I have been running for 7 years and have competed in countless races varying in distance from 5k to Half-Marathon length. This November, I will be completing my first full Marathon, the ING New York City Marathon. Not only will this fulfill a childhood dream of mine, but as a member of the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team, it will also help in the fight against cancer. By the time I run my marathon, I hope to have raised $1,500 for the American Cancer Society. Running has taught me that, with a little hard work, dedication, and a good pair of shoes, you can do anything! I can honestly say that I am a better student and person because of the lessons I have learned from running.
I believe New York Needs You will equip me and other college students with the skills and confidence to succeed in the real world. The Mentor Coaches I have met, as well as the entire NYNY team, have provided networking opportunities and professional guidance that I would have never been afforded the opportunity to have otherwise. I hope to gain from the vast experience and knowledge my Mentor Coach will be able to provide, which will help me develop the insight and self-awareness necessary for being a competitive player in the job market. Being that I am a Latina woman interested in STEM, I am embarking on an educational and professional journey that places me as a double minority. I understand that I will face great adversity in reaching for my dreams, but with the help and encouragement of the amazing people at NYNY, I feel that my goals will be made that much more attainable.